Integrative Graduate Education and Research Program in Green Natural Sciences

Solving environmental and energy related problems permanently, in order to develop a more sustainable society


This program, established in early winter 2011, the year when the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred, aims to find lasting solutions to problems relating to the environment and energy, through the development of green natural sciences. While improving the level of dissertations and research, doctoral students will cultivate their “scientific ability and social skills in order to look upon challenges from a broad perspective,” as well as their “ability to extract practical results from fundamental research,” and their “international experience in order to play an active role in the world” through internationalized education. Through this program, which stretches across science, engineering and bioagriculture, many students work together in competition and raise the ability of each other.

The vision of this program is to foster human resources who have the courage and ingenuity to lead the development of green natural sciences. We believe that the students who graduate from this program will be able to contribute to the development of a sustainable society as leaders, and will take the environmental field to the next level.

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The curriculum is characteristic for its high specialty and diversity

The curriculum is characteristic for its high specialty and diversity



Through the environment of friendly competition students can grow to be leaders of the future

Since the number of students participating in this program is unlimited, the competition level is high. This creates an environment in which students who study different fields, and are in different academic years, can cooperate but also compete, during courses developed in collaboration with eight departments of the Graduate Schools of Science, Engineering and Bioagriculture, as well as various seminars coordinated by each school in the university, English training, and leadership training in North Carolina, USA. By presenting their academic achievements and research results, students can be stimulated and create a good network for exchange. Furthermore, this can benefit the students’ career path. Through this strategy, excellent human resources can be expected to develop.

Leadership training in North Carolina, USA

Developing top level female scientists to become future leaders

Off-site meeting to foster top female leaders

The promotion of women working in science should be considered a priority in social development. With the aim of being a frontrunner in this topic, we have formed a special team led by the top female scientists of our University, and have worked to develop linkages with other top universities overseas as well as with promoted female scientists. For example, every year “off-site meetings with the focus on developing female leaders” are organized exclusively for female students. Stimulated by the question on why there are so few female leaders, each student is encouraged to reflect about their vision and desired future career paths, with the encouragement of a female role model who is a leader in her field.

COLUMN  Seminars organized by graduate students

We provide opportunities to work out educational plans drawn up by students. Students have to carry out their plans by themselves, for instance, some groups of students have implemented a tutorial seminar to open up a new research field, a workshop to develop interdisciplinary fields, and a symposium to think about the challenges and

future directions for various world issues as scientists. Through the implementations of their plans, students can acquire a range of practical and theoretical skills particularly in leadership, team building, negotiation, and problem-solving.

DATA  Integrative Graduate Education and Research Program in Green Natural Sciences


[Composite Category-Environment-] Selected for FY2011

[Application Eligibility]
Graduate School of Science (Division of Material Science, Division of Biological Science); Graduate School of Engineering (Department of Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Department of Molecular Design and Engineering, Department of Crystalline Materials Science); Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences (Department of Biological Mechanisms and Functions, Department of Applied Molecular Biosciences, Department of Bioengineering Sciences)

[Partner Institutions, etc.] 6 institutions
Institute for Molecular Science (IMS); National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB); RIKEN; National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.; Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute

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